MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD
SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
195 Changebridge Road, Montville
Karkowsky - present
Nielson - present
Lipari - present
Mr. Visco - present
Township staff: Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner - present
There was no old business
before the board.
PSPP/FC11-09 JBT Realty Trust – 339
Changebridge Rd. – B: 160, L :25.1 – amended site
Appearing for the applicant:
Steve Schepis, Esq.
The subcommittee discussed
the site plan as submitted to the Planning Board. The application was deemed incomplete. Proposal
is for new monument sign and outdoor storage in I-2 zone.
The members had a concern
regarding the lack of information on the plans, including floor plan, uses in
the building and outdoor storage. They
also had concern about the appearance of the outdoor storage on the adjacent
property. This is owned by someone other
than Mr. Johnson.
Mr. Karkowsky requested
itemization of uses on property. Mr. Schepis indicates that he manufactures
F-14 for the US Government, but has since lost a contract and has laid off all
employees. Mr. Johnson currently
operates a machine shop.
Ms. Nielson opined that a
retaining wall is required due to the contour lines indicated on the site
plan. Mr. Schepis said he recalled the
ground is flat for about twenty feet and then the property drops off. He indicated that he will look into the
accuracy of the topography.
Mr. Lipari indicated that the
subcommittee would prefer an externally illuminated sign versus an internally
illuminated sign as proposed.
Ms. Nielson asked about
access to the butler-style building given the existing landscaping that would
be in front of the structure and change in elevation. Mr. Schepis indicated that the only access
would be from the side of the building. The members wanted this further evaluated.
Mr. Visco expressed concerns
about the storage due to the decline of the business. Mr. Karkowsky indicates that the F-14s in
operation may still require parts.
Ms. Hunscher asked Mr.
Schepis if he was clear on the additional items that the subcommittee was
looking for. This includes a floor plan,
more detailed site plan including access to the storage shed, and the zoning
PMISC11-39 RTI Electronics – 33
Jacksonville Rd. Blg 1 – B: 41, L: 43.1 – office
(2,500 s.f.)/warehouse (2,432 s.f.) support and sales of test equipment/meters
used to measure radiation – 10 employees – hours of operation 8:30am-5pm
Mon-Fri – no outdoor storage of vehicles – tenant name on existing sign - (Tri
Unanimously approved without
PMISC11-4 Gibraltar Labs - 57 Route 46, B:183, L: 2; I-IA zone; 1.94 acres; 91
parking spaces - Quality control and research laboratories/office - 50
employees, 1-2 shifts; hours of operation 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through
Saturday; no overnight parking of vehicles; tenant name on monument sign (First
applications: Mr. Glenn Buie, representative
of First Industrial, and Mr. Daniel Prince, President of Gibraltar Laboratories
and prospective purchaser
Mr. Buie indicated that this
building has been vacant for about a year.
Mr. Prince indicated that it is 24,000 SF. He is a resident of Montville and is second generation President
of the company. The business provides
independent consumer product testing to ensure safety per FDA standards. Mr. Prince has 55 employees and growing every
year. There are 91 parking spaces, which
is more than adequate. A sign within
code is proposed. A back-up generator is
proposed along the side of the building.
Unanimously approved without
conditions. A separate signage permit is
There being no further
business to discuss, the subcommittee meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:35
Certified true copy of minutes adopted at
Planning Board meeting of October 27, 2011.